Lights, Camera, Fashion: A glimpse of New York Fashion Week’s Runway

Bella Hadid wearing Marc Jacobs. (Photo courtesy of Giovanni Cardenas/Bella Hadid/Marc Jacobs)

By Sukanya Mitra
Boston University News Service

The New York Fashion Week Spring 2022 kicked off on Feb. 7 and went on until Feb. 16 at City Hall in New York City. Finishing up with grand showdowns and celebrity models, the star-studded week was filled with fashion, catwalk, and glamor from the fashion industry.

The Fall-Winter Collection included some of the best from the season. The show witnessed some of the best designers showcase their art on the runway. Marc Jacobs, however, did not present this year at the gala. He surprised the fashion hawks by dropping his anticipated collection 48 hours after the fashion show via Instagram. 

“My love for fashion, the desire to create and share collections through this delivery system –– the runway –– endures,” the designer said in an interview with Fashionista. 

His 10-piece Happiness Collection was launched on his Instagram page and was modeled by the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella. The collection prominently featured oversized maxi skirts, columnar dresses, and heavy down coats, plus a heavy dose of denim. “We learned a lot about denim at this time. There are so many processes that it is no different than doing beading or hand embroidery,” he said to The Cut in an interview. 

Tom Ford, too, was absent from this year’s gala as the designer said the ongoing pandemic and continued restriction in Los Angeles made it difficult for the designer to showcase his ensembles this year. The brand’s factories in Italy were also impacted. 

“I am incredibly disappointed not to be able to present a show during New York Fashion Week as I feel strongly that a live presentation is the best way to convey a clear message for the season,” said Ford to the Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Kors took fashion week to a new level. His model lineup included some A-listers –– Gigi Hadid, Emily Rajatakowski, and Blake Lively for his collection

Coach’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, Somewhere in America, showcased ready-to-wear fashion like camel coats and vintage tees. The front row hosted celebrities such as Megan Thee Stallion, Rina Sawayama, and Angus Cloud aka Fezco from the popular teen drama, “Euphoria,” among others. 

Cloud was also spotted eating flaming hot Cheetos while taking in the show in the front row, encapsulating the kind of earnest authenticity so many fans love about him

Designers such as Carolina Herrera, Brandon Maxwell, and Ashlyn brought in some refreshing looks for the season’s collection. Herrera chose to showcase an ensemble that was vivid and alluring, while Maxwell decided to go with a metallic base that entailed white undertones. 

“I normally start every collection with a merchandising list of what I need to achieve, and this time I just thought that I don’t need to see one,” said Maxwell to Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Designer Peter Do’s ready-to-wear collection had Vogue declaring that “the suit is back.” Sharp tailoring and well-fitted suites are Do’s forte, and the Fall-Winter 2022 collection was no exception. Loose pants and oversized suits were the look that dominated the collection.

The Blonds closed out the week, with a collection that showcased  a line of leather pieces, latex, and corsets. The closing spot was previously held by Marc Jacobs. One highlight was Chloe Cherry’s runway debut. The Amish-country-born pornographic film actress, who joined the “Euphoria” cast this season to play Faye, has been declared an “it-girl” on the rise

The gala of six days witnessed back-to-back shows, screenings, as well as the highly-anticipated return of Gigi Hadid following the birth of her daughter and subsequent break from the industry. The city of New York has always been a fitting host to the glitz and the glamor of the fashion industry, and this year’s fashion show was no exception. 

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